For those sad that Radiation City played their last show in December, be happy that former drummer Randy Bemrose has released a solo album, I Want To Be Your B, under the alias Because. This album has allowed the talented, local artist to fully explore an experimental sound on his own. And that new path is working, because the nine songs on this album are golden.
Eleven PDX Magazine reviews the debut album from Because (Randy Bemrose of Radiation City), out now on CD/LP/DL from Plume Records.
Portland Mercury on the debut album from Because (Randy Bemrose of Radiation City), out now on Plume Records:
These nine painstakingly crafted pop songs are enjoyably all over the place; the first four alone draw from Kinks-esque ’60s pop, ’70s breakbeat funk, bossa nova, and the textural minimalism of a Sparklehorse ballad—in fact, Because’s unifying aesthetic is this same knack for the warm, tastefully experimental production of Sparklehorse pop polyglot Mark Linkous. Most of I Want to Be Your B grooves a lot harder than Sparklehorse ever did, though, and a grab bag of psychedelia colors the record’s funnest moments…. — NATHAN TUCKER
“With His New Project, Ex-Radiation City Drummer Randy Bemrose Asks the Big Questions: Sincere explorations of what it means to be a person in the world, set to a modern update of Beatlesque pop.”
Excellent interview with Because in Willamette Week!
Atwood Magazine premieres “Lock-Out Time,” the first single off debut album I Want To Be Your B from Because:
“Because (Randy Bemrose of Radiation City) pushes us to dig into our imaginative cores on debut single ‘Lock-Out Time,’ a technicolor tapestry of thought & sound. (via Plume Records)”